NAS Running Challenge kicks off tonight

Held under the slogan ‘Unlimited Ability’ and organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), the NAS Running Challenge is the largest event of its kind in terms of number of participants and prize pool and has been held every year during the holy month of Ramadan since 2013 at the iconic Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.

The NAS Running Challenge, which has seen a 30% increase in the number of participants compared to past events, will feature 10km races for men, 10km for women, 10km for UAE nationals, 5km for men, 5km for women, 5km for men, 5km for women and 4km for younger age groups.

Major General Dr Muhammad Abdullah Al Murr, president of the UAE Athletics Federation, expressed delight at the huge number of participants from all walks of life, including residents and expatriates, and said it reflected the growth of sports culture and healthy lifestyle.

“The NAS Sports Tournament reinforces a vision that supports a culture of sport, enhancing opportunities for men and women, developing their talents and skills, and engaging all categories of residents in a way that enhances the efforts of wise leadership to make sports a way of life to maintain a healthy population.”

“The NAS Sports Tournament has entered the annals of sports events thanks to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, who has played a crucial and significant role in promoting values that support the practice of sports during the Holy Month of Ramadan and spreading positive energy among all who are passionate about sports in general.”

“The idea for the NAS sports tournament arose out of a strong belief in the value and importance of an event of this magnitude, which would help enhance the potential of players – men and women – both on and off the field. It is in line with the federation’s mission to focus on everything that paves the way for future plans to produce champions who can best represent their nation and find talent to strengthen national teams,” he added.

The UAE Athletics Federation president praised the sincere efforts made by the Organising Committee and the Dubai Sports Council to include competitions in the open category for women, which contributes to them making up a significant part of athletics in the NAS.

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